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President Zuma declares a Special Provincial Official Funeral for Mr Ray Phiri

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President Jacob Zuma has declared a Special Provincial Official Funeral for the late musician and legendary composer, Mr Ray Phiri, who passed on 12 July 2017.
 
This category of a funeral is designated by the President of the Republic of South Africa for distinguished persons.
 
The President has instructed that the National Flag be flown at half-mast in Mpumalanga Province on Saturday 22 July 2017, the day of his funeral.
 
Mr Ray "Chikapa" Enock Phiri was an internationally-acclaimed music legend who contributed immensely to the advancement of creative arts in South Africa. Mr Phiri was also honoured with the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver for his sterling contribution to the South African music industry and the successful use of arts as an instrument of social transformation.
 
President Zuma has once again extended his deepest condolences to the Phiri family, relatives, friends and music industry on this sad loss.
 
The details of the funeral will be communicated by the Mpumalanga Provincial Government.
 
Enquiries: Dr Bongani Ngqulunga on 082 308 9373 or bongani@presidency.gov.za

 
Issued by: The Presidency
Pretoria